Ines Bose (left) and Stephanie Kurtenbach analyse recordings in the studio.
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24.03.2020 in Science, Knowledge Transfer

Talking to children

Speech scientists at the University of Halle have been working with local nurseries for several years to analyse language development and promote everyday communication. Their aim is to research, teach and transfer knowledge at the same time – a win-win for all concerned. Read more

Plant scientist Marcel Quint in the greenhouse - he specialises in studying the evolution of plants.
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20.03.2020 in Science, Research

A genomic journey through time

New genetic studies paint a surprising picture of plant evolution: When plants came ashore around 500 million years ago, their genetic diversity exploded - thus laying the groundwork for genetic innovation that would only later prove important. Read more

Jürgen Fuchs (right) – here in a meeting with civil rights activists Christian Kunert, Gerulf Pannach and Wolf Biermann (left to right) in West Berlin – was subjected to the Stasi’s psychological methods.
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11.03.2020 in Science, Context

Psychology for the Stasi

The internal security service of the former German Democratic Republic (Stasi) used highly targeted psychological methods to discredit dissident citizens and break their resistance. In the 1970s, the Stasi even introduced “operative psychology” as a subject at its university in Potsdam-Golm. Professor Uwe Wolfradt explains how psychology was misused by the Stasi and how it affected its victims. Read more

Thomas Hahn (left) and Felix Marske in the laboratory. They are working on a new latent heat storage that is currently available in a cylindrical form.
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27.02.2020 in Science, Research

Heat accumulators of the future

Saving energy will play a crucial role in protecting the climate, and this could be achieved by the new heat storage systems for buildings that are currently being researched at the Institute of Chemistry. The results have already impressed at the Hugo Junkers Awards. Read more

Archaeologist François Bertemes in the institute’s repository
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21.10.2019 in Featured, Science, Research

Early networks

For eight years, Professor François Bertemes coordinated research on the context of Nebra Sky Disc. The discovery of the disc has prompted archaeologists to completely rethink their notions about life in the Early Bronze Age. Read more

Dietrich H. Nies – here in the lab with Lucy Bütof – has been researching a gold-forming bacterium for years.
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17.10.2019 in Featured, Science, Research

The tiny philosopher’s stone

The bacterium C. metallidurans is most notable for its perseverance, thriving in areas contaminated with heavy metals. It has attracted the attention of a research group in Halle, led by Professor Dietrich H. Nies, but for an entirely different reason: it produces microscopic gold nuggets. Read more

Heike Weinert is the Animal Welfare Commissioner.
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14.10.2019 in People, Science

“We cannot afford to slip up”

Animal welfare is Heike Weinert’s job. Since the 1990s, the biologist has been an Animal Welfare Commissioner in the higher education sector and has been doing this important work for the Faculty of Medicine for almost a year. With conviction and passion. Read more

Andreas Stark catching flies with a net. He has been researching the animals for decades.
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07.10.2019 in Science, People, Miscellaneous

The fly expert

The University’s natural science collections turn 250 years old in November. Since the beginning, they have been enriched by civic scientists. One of them today is Dr Andreas Stark, who has dedicated himself to special insects for decades. Read more

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